Dr. Richard Cockwill, Chiropractor in Courtenay and Campbell River

Richard Cockwill, DC

Dr. Richard Cockwill has known that he was going to be an upper cervical chiropractor since he was 14 years old when his aunt married a chiropractor from Vancouver, Dr. Albert Berti. Uncle Al proceeded to correct the family's spines.  Young Richard was impressed.  He not only experienced a cessation of his own the spinal problems, but also his father's intractable headaches were apparently cured.

Richard enrolled at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto in 1981.  At the time, CMCC was the only chiropractic college in Canada and only taught the full spine manipulative technique that is typically employed by Canadian chiropractors.  He was in the unique position of being able to judge the relative merits of both forms of chiropractic.

Upon graduation in 1985, Richard trained for with his uncle and mentor in Vancouver.  He then moved to the Island; he has been practicing upper cervical chiropractic in Courtenay since 1987.

Richard has been a member of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractors Association (NUCCA) from 1982 to 2000 and served on the board of directors for six years.  He was also a member of the Academy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Organizations (AUCCO) for ten years, and president for five.  He was one of the founding members of the College of Upper Cervical Spine (International Chiropractors Association diplomat program).  He has lectured and written on upper cervical neurology and general upper cervical procedures, and has developed instruments and equipment to aid in the structural correction of the spine.

Richard enjoyed participating in a number of sports until his orthopedic surgeon informed him that he no longer had any ligaments holding his knees together.  His hobbies include fishing and boating.  Upper cervical chiropractic is his passion and his life.  He hopes that his legacy will be that the world will have a better understanding of the importance of spinal alignment and balance, and of the important role that the upper cervical spine plays in humanity's health.

Dr. Franchesca Lee, Chiropractor in Courtenay and Campbell River

Franchesca Lee, BSc, DC

Dr. Franchesca Lee was born and raised in Calgary, AB.  Growing up as a first-generation Canadian-born Chinese, she always knew she would join one of the Chinese culture's three favourite professions: engineering, medicine or law. What Franchesca didn't know was that alternative health care, rather than traditional medicine, would become her calling.  She first became interested in chiropractic when her mother began visiting a chiropractor after a car accident. At the time, Franchesca was completing her Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology at UBC . 

By 2001, Franchesca enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, known in the chiropractic community as "The Fountainhead" or the First School of Chiropractic.  There she was exposed to multiple full-spine manipulative techniques and was also introduced to specific upper cervical techniques.  In 2002, after she suffered her sixth motor vehicle accident, her professor of microbiology, also a strong upper cervical supporter, suggested she try the National Upper Cervical Chiropractors Association (NUCCA) technique because she suffered from daily headaches. Conventional chiropractic was not helping her recover.  Franchesca began by needing multiple full-spine adjustments per day, with little pain relief. She ended with being able to hold her upper cervical adjustments for weeks at a time and being headache-free.  The efficacy of upper cervical treatments in her own health care, along with the mathematical and scientific principles behind NUCCA, convinced her that this would be her technique of choice.

Franchesca graduated in 2004 and has practiced in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.  She has now settled in Campbell River and has long-term plans to stay on the Island permanently.  She has been a member of NUCCA since 2004 and is currently working on her Functional Medicine Diplomate.

In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors with her husband and dogs, paddling dragonboats and outrigger canoes, cooking, reading and quilting.


Kyle McGibney, BSc, DC

Dr. Kyle McGibney grew up in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Playing hockey in the winters and golf in the summers, he fell in love with training and learning about athletic performance. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Manitoba to further his understanding of human physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics while attaining a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. During this time, Kyle coached fitness classes and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Due to some nagging injuries that were affecting his training, he visited a chiropractor and was amazed at the benefits he received. Prior to this experience, Kyle had very little understanding of what chiropractic was. His curiosity was piqued by the total body effect he received from a seemingly insignificant adjustment. After doing some research, he quickly realized how much more there was to chiropractic than what most people understood, and decided to begin chiropractic training three months after completing his bachelor’s degree.

Kyle attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California and wasted no time furthering his understanding of the profession. He attended practice groups during his lunch breaks and attended dozens of weekend seminars. The more he learned, the more he was drawn to the significance of the upper cervical spine and the impact that neck dysfunction could have on a person’s quality of life. During his time as a Life West Health Center intern, Kyle finished his clinical requirements early and had the opportunity to intern at a NUCCA practice in Calgary, AB. for his final quarter. In 2019, Kyle graduated Summa Cum Laude and was Salutatorian of his class.